THE sun looks likely to stay shining on Burton this week after the region basked in a Mediterranean climate over the weekend.
Spring looks to be well on its way as forecasters predicted temperatures to hit 13C on Thursday as a high-pressure weather system moved across the UK.
The prediction came after Burton and South Derbyshire basked under clear skies and 18C temperatures on Sunday – double the monthly average high of 9C.
This week’s forecast marks a far cry from 12 months ago when Burton and South Derbyshire workers faced nightmare commutes after blizzards hit the region in one of the coldest Easters on record.
But forecasters the Met Office have warned people not to stock up on sunscreen just yet as wet weather is expected to arrive by the weekend.
A Met Office spokesman told the Mail: “We have got a high-pressure system influencing the weather and an anti-cyclonic system which is bringing the warmer weather over from France.”
Last year sub-zero temperatures and winds of up to 42mph pummelled Burton and South Derbyshire in the coldest March since 1962.
Weather in the UK during spring is often calm and dry due to the Atlantic losing heat during winter, leading to less heat and moisture in the atmosphere.
But the Met Office spokesman said there can still be a wide variance in weather during the season.
She said: “This is typical for March and you are actually more likely to see snow at Easter than at Christmas.
“Maybe not this year because Easter is so late but it is an indication that spring weather can vary quite a lot.”
Temperatures were expected to hit 11C today, rising to 12C tomorrow and 13C on Thursday.
These will be accompanied by sunny spells and occasional clear skies.
More unsettled weather, including drizzle and showers is thought to arrive by the weekend.